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Football Colts hoping to rebound from difficult end to last season

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The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts’ football season ended in heartbreak last season.

Grade 12 players were found kneeling and sitting on the snow-covered grass crying after they lost their first home playoff game in over two decades to the Estevan Elecs 11-6.

For some of those players in Grade 12 last season, it was their last game of football. For players who are entering their Grade 12 season this fall, it will serve as inspiration to make sure they don’t feel the same way when their high-school football careers come to an end.

“It was pretty tough, especially knowing we should have won that game and with them knowing we should have won that game,” said Colts quarterback Josh Siemens, who is heading into Grade 12 this season.

“There’s a lot of motivation from them last year because we really don’t want to end it the way they did.”

That loss in the four-five playoff game added extra motivation at the start of the Colts’ training camp
Aug. 18. It will also be a motivating factor when the Colts take the field for their first regular season game Sept. 1 at 4:30 p.m. against the Elecs.

There will, however be a few differences from that game. There won’t be any snow on the ground or frigid temperatures in the season opener and Swift Current’s offence will have a different look to it.

Last season, the team heavily relied on Siemens’ arm and legs to carry the team. It was the dependency on the passing attack that the Colts believe cost them the playoff game as it was too cold to throw the ball effectively.

This season, Swift Current is looking at having a stronger ground game, which will relieve some pressure from its quarterback.

“We’re going to simplify things for him a bit offensively and hopefully play off some of the strengths with Josh,” said Colts head coach Derek Murdoch. “He’s a pretty athletic guy, but we think we have a pretty skilled group of receivers and a couple of good backs and we think our offensive line is big and strong.

“We kind of want to grind it out a little bit more this year. Last year we didn’t do that. We want to do that. We want to be a little more smash mouth than we have been in the past, but Josh is a smart kid and we’re going to ask him to do things that you can only do with experience.”

The Colts are also going to be a much more experienced team this season. They had a lot of Grade 10 students on the field last season, which doesn’t normally happen, with only a handful of Grade 12 students.

Siemens admitted a lot of the players felt like strangers on the team last year. This season, he believes the players will be a much tighter group, filled with friends, and a much more mature team this season.

That cohesiveness and the new offensive plan has Murdoch and Siemens excited for the season. They both expect all the players to work hard and prepare better than last season as they strive to improve on their 1-5-0 record in 2010 and fight to be a top team in the Moose Jaw High Schools Athletic Association football league.

“I expect us to do pretty well this year,” said Siemens. “We want to be one of the better teams in the league. We have a lot of returning guys, we only lost seven or eight last year, so we should be pretty good this year.”

2011 SCCHS Colts football schedule:
• Aug. 26 vs. Regina Martin (exhibition) 4 p.m.
• Sept. 1 vs. Estevan 4:30 p.m.
• Sept. 10 at Moose Jaw Peacock 1 p.m.
• Sept. 16 vs. Moose Jaw Central 4 p.m.
• Sept. 24 at Moose Jaw Vanier 1 p.m.
• Oct. 6 at Estevan 4 p.m.
• Oct. 14 vs. Moose Jaw Peacock 4 p.m.

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